Do you have a friend that can stretch money?
I have a girlfriend that can go into stores and streeeeeetch a dollar! I can save money but she leaves me scratching my head when she posts her savings/deals.
One thing I know she does that I don’t do is manage her money better than I. I have sat down many times to start a budget, only to realize I don’t want to keep track of what I spend…especially at my favorite store. I know, I know that’s horrible but I am a W.I.P (work in process).
How does one stretch money you ask? There are some steps, I am conflicted this article because I didn’t want to do another bulleted list but it’s really the best format to quickly get info to you. SO…here’s my list of some things you can do to stretch your money:
Shop around. This is my favorite thing to do. I don’t care how tired I always have energy to walk a store or mall.
Wait . At some point it will be on sale. Ask the sales person when their next sale is.
Buy consignment. I can’t get into this one, but I have seen some awesome purchases and savings through consignment stores.
Budget software. The one I use now is mint.com. I liked it until it spelled out where most of my money is going…it’s very detailed.
Automate savings. I have touched on this before, I know, but it works so I’m telling you again. ING works great with this effort.
Please use the comment area to let me know if you would like me to write about something in particular related to saving money. Happy saving!